1. “It Just Works” →

    I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and a :scare: power user :/scare: since the late 90’s. I use very little of Apple’s software because I’m not their target audience. In many situations Apple’s software breaks when you push it hard enough; in particular the “it just works” part breaks in some way that cannot be fixed/addressed.

    Apple makes software for most of us, not all of us. TextEdit doesn’t try to be BBEdit and that’s OK. Where things break down is when Apple purports to solve a difficult problem and does so in a way that leaves aspects of it opaque and un-fixable by end users/developers. The initial iCloud/CoreData sync is a great example of this.

    I love Apple hardware. I love the OS. I love the apps that developers create for the platform. All software and all platforms have bugs and problems and I’m OK with that. I don’t think that Apple has any more problems than anyone else. However through 20+ years of experience I also have taught myself to discount and avoid certain Apple features because I have a hunch they will be problematic.

  2. To: Family & Friends

    Date: January 4, 2015

    Subject: Clinical trial delayed. :(

    Hi Everyone, After a long battle to get into the clinical trial, I finally got my first infusion on Dec 19th. The treatment cycle is a little different than originally planned. I will have an infusion once a week for 2 weeks, then take the 3rd week off. This is preferable to the twice-a-week infusion…

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  3. 2014 in Review

    Augusta National

    2014 was both a difficult and a wonderful year. The year began in the middle of a chemotherapy cycle but I was still able to work about an 80% schedule (which I maintained until the fall). I did a video interview with Troy Dean where I talk quite a bit about my work history and…

  4. Out of Touch →

    Michael has a good, if somewhat depressing, roundup of the recent Apple bumbles. Once again making me glad I don’t sell in this ecosystem.

  5. To: Family & Friends

    Date: November 26, 2014

    Subject: Clinical trial, hopefully starting in Dec

    Hi Everyone, Our schedule for meeting with MD Anderson actually got moved up a bit; we met with them in Houston a week ago rather than at the beginning of this week (as originally planned). They had an interesting phase 1 trial in the “expansion stage” (it’s showing good results so they make it available…

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  6. To: Family & Friends

    Date: November 16, 2014

    Subject: Next Steps for Me

    Hi Everyone, I’m doing pretty well. My weight and strength are still down from where I’d like them, but I’m enjoying being home with Caitlin. I’m getting in a good nap or two a day as needed with the “may cause drowsiness” label on just about everything I take these days. Sometimes I doze off…

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  7. Getting Started with BusyContacts →

    Wow! The BusyMac folks sure have been busy! I know, I know… I couldn’t help myself. As a BusyCal user for years I’m looking forward to playing with this, it sounds awesome.

    UPDATE: Wow, I’m blown away. I imported my contacts from iCloud, Twitter and Facebook. It took me 15 minutes to manually link the few contacts that weren’t auto-linked. Then the Combine Linked Cards view (this should be on by default IMO) made all the dupes go away. So cool!